What will I learn?

Marine biologists seek to understand and protect marine and estuarine ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them. A graduate degree in marine biology prepares you for a successful career in science, technology, education and public service.

The combination of our location, faculty and laboratories makes UNH one of the best institutions from which to obtain a graduate degree in marine biology. Our faculty have expertise ranging from molecular biology to ecology and fisheries, and their research programs often span disciplines and use a variety of methods and technologies to address marine-related questions and issues. The main UNH campus in Durham is located about 5 miles from the Great Bay Estuary, home of the UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, and 30 miles from the coastline and the UNH Coastal Marine Laboratory. Each of these laboratories supports a number of research vessels used by faculty, staff and students. Students can become certified research divers through our strong dive program. Finally, there are several state-of-the-art research resources on campus, including a DNA sequencing facility, an aquaculture laboratory, and various microscope and instrumentation centers.

POTENTIAL CAREER AREAS

Aquaculture
Aquarium industry
Education (K-12, college, university)
Environmental consulting
Environmental protection and resource management
Fisheries management and research
Habitat restoration
Marine/environmental outreach
Marine policy
Nonprofit organizations
Research
Research diving

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will demonstrate expertise in quantitative skills including (a) basic math and statistics; (b) spreadsheet software; (c) graphical presentation of quantitative data.
Students will demonstrate writing skills that enable them to prepare a scientific research paper in standard format for their field.
Students will demonstrate competency in experimental design, including the ability to articulate a testable hypothesis and design an appropriate experiment to test it.
Students will demonstrate communication skills including the ability to clearly explain scientific information to both professional and general audiences.
Students will demonstrate broad understanding of fundamental areas of biology, especially areas relevant to their research project.

Which department am I in?

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$27,810.00 per year
USD $13,905 per semester; USD $1,370 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

23 May 2022

Venue

University of New Hampshire

105 Main Street,

DURHAM,

New Hampshire,

03824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International applicants must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent as a precondition for applying to any of our graduate programs. In some cases, you may also need a master’s degree or its equivalent.

For international students

International applicants must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent as a precondition for applying to any of our graduate programs. In some cases, you may also need a master’s degree or its equivalent.

English Language Score:

Minimum score requirements are as follows: TOEFL (Computer-based): 213; TOEFL (Internet-based): 80; IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5; TOEFL ITP (Institution Administered): On case-by-case basis; TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): On case-by-case basis; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 59.

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission: Fall: January 15 (priority); August 1 (final); Summer: Must have permission by department to apply for summer. Those with approval have a deadline of December 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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